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A Message From Ms. Loy, Principal

July 2015

Dear Hacienda families,

On behalf of the entire Hacienda staff, I want to offer a warm welcome to our new and returning families. Our teachers and staff are busy as bees, preparing for the first day of school (Wednesday, August 12th). Until then, here is some important information your family will need to kick off the school year:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

State Preschool     8:00-11:00 am & 12:00-3:00 pm       Kindergarten 11:50-12:34 pm
SDC Preschool     8:55-11:55 am Grades 1-3 12:20-1:03 pm (eat, play)
Grades K-3, SDC     9:00-3:00 pm Grades 4-5 12:20-12:58 pm (play, eat)
Grades 4-5, SDC     8:51-3:06 pm

Class lists for grades 1-5 will be posted on the office windows on Tuesday, August 11, at 4:30 pm. Kindergarten class assignments will be posted at 2:00 on Monday, August 10th, just prior to the kinder meet and greet.  Class assignments will NOT be given out over the phone.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS.  For your convenience, classroom assignments will remain posted overnight.

Students may not arrive at school before 8:30 am, as there is no campus supervision provided. It is unsafe for your child to play on the playground or grass area without supervision.  The school office does not provide childcare for students before and/or after school. The only exception for this is for students riding the bus.  If you are in need of morning or after school care for your child, you may want to consider contacting the on-site YMCA Day Care program at (408) 978-1156.  Students will be supervised from 8:30-8:50 am in the cafeteria where breakfast is available for purchase and/or for students enrolled in the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program.

There will be three bells rung each morning. The first is a warning bell at 8:46am, signifying that school will begin for grades 4 and 5 at 8:51.  The second bell will ring at a 8:51, as a signal that instruction is beginning for 4th and 5th, and as a warning bell for grades K-3.  The last bell will ring at 9:00, signaling that instruction is beginning for all students in grades K-3. Students should line up in front of their classrooms at either 8:46 (4/5) or 8:51 (K-3).

Parking is available on the street on all four sides of the campus. Please remember, NO parking in the bus loading zones and NO parking in either of the Staff Parking Lots.  Due to the limited parking available at Hacienda, our parking lots are reserved for staff members only.  If dropping/picking up your child using the drive through at the front of the school, PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU DRIVE ALL THE WAY UP TO THE BLUE GATE, WHERE IT SAYS, “DROP OFF” PRIOR TO HAVING YOUR CHILD EXIT YOUR VEHICLE.  STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY EXIT VEHICLES ON THE PASSENGER SIDE, NEVER FROM THE DRIVER’S SIDE.  DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE UNATTENDED TO WALK YOUR CHILD TO OR FROM THEIR CLASSROOM. YOUR COOPERATION WITH SAFE DROP OFF OR PICK UP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED, AND HELPS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF EVERY CHILD AT HACIENDA.

Hacienda has adopted a new program to support the social, emotional, and safety needs of our students.  The program offers a comprehensive program that includes tiered activities for students during recess and lunch.  A Recess Manager will set up games and activities (based on student choice), and teach the rules and guidelines for each of the games.  This person will facilitate the games, and will train a select group of students to be Recess Leaders. Part of this training will help students learn to problem solve and find solutions to disagreements they may have about the rules of the games The Recess Manager will also provide PE twice per month in all classrooms, so that the rules of every game are being taught and practiced with students and teachers.

Please note that students may not bring toys or sports equipment to school. This includes trading cards, kandamas, basketballs, baseballs, footballs, soccer balls, or any other toys or playground equipment.

Breakfast $1.75, Reduced Breakfast 30¢, Milk 50¢, Lunch $2.75, Reduced Lunch 40¢. One bonus meal for every pack of 10 meals purchased providing there is no negative balance on the account at the time meals are paid for. All students currently enrolled in the Free/Reduced lunch program will receive a meal application in the mail.  If you would like your child to remain enrolled in the Free/Reduced lunch program, you will need to fill out and resubmit your meal application. Returning students who qualified for Free or Reduced Price meals last year will retain their same meal status until September 24, 2015, or when a new application for 2015-2016 is received and approved. After September 24, 2015, students without a new meal application on file will become full pay.  Parents of first time and new students to the District must fill out a meal application and will have to pay the full price for meals while waiting for their applications to be approved.

All students are required to wear school uniforms. School uniform colors are red, navy blue, white, hunter green or khaki. No logos, please. Donations of gently used uniforms and undergarments that your child may have outgrown are greatly appreciated.  Please do not send in stained or torn apparel.

Each teacher has their own requirements and will communicate them to you and your child sometime during the first month of school.

All absences must be called in to the school absence reporting line at (408) 287-6303 (it is not sufficient to tell the classroom teacher).  If your child is arriving after 8:51, or 9:00 am, you must sign them into school in the office, so they may receive a tardy slip to take to class.  This is important because once attendance has been taken, we have no other way of knowing if your child is here, or to remove an absence the teacher may already have reported.

Please consider joining and supporting HIPS this year.  The funds raised by HIPS benefit ALL students at our school, including music, science, art, classrooms, and much more.  There are many ways you can support our school, and HIPS, including volunteering.  The link for HIPS volunteer information page is: http://www.sjusd.org/hacienda/hips/volunteers/.  Our Hacienda volunteers are appreciated, and are an integral part of our community.  If you haven’t done so, please remember to carefully read and complete the volunteer packet for our district. Refer to the link for our district volunteer information page at: http://www.sjusd.org/hacienda/school-information/volunteer-information. It is important that you are fingerprinted and have a TB test clearance before you are able to volunteer. Don’t forget to always sign-in at the office before going to your child’s classroom, as student safety is always our priority. Thank you!

The school office will reopen on Wednesday, August 6.  If your child will NOT be attending the first day of school, please notify the school immediately at (408) 535-6259. Office hours will be 8:00-4:00 pm.

The staff at Hacienda is excited and determined to ensure that all students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society. We invite you to join us in this pursuit, and to help us as we work towards providing every child with the support and nurturing needed to reach their full potential. We welcome your talents, and your time, as together we partner for excellence for every student.

Warm regards,

Carmen Loy